Nadal Takes Top Seed

By Leela de Kretser,  Newser User
Posted Jan 15, 2009 4:45 PM CST
Spain's Rafael Nadal practices on Rod Laver Arena in preparation for the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009.    (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
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(Newser) – When the first tennis Grand Slam of the year gets under way in Australia Monday, a familiar name won't be atop the seedings. Roger Federer will be the No. 2 seed after four straight years in the top spot at Melbourne, the AP reports. Spaniard Rafael Nadal will be No. 1 for the men, and Serbia's Jelena Jankovic for the women. Other notables include Andy Roddick (7), three-time winner Serena Williams (2), and her sister, Venus (6). For photos of the stars warming up Down Under, click on the image control.